- The building is designed to be Net Zero, Carbon-Neutral, producing as much energy as it uses.
- The building was the first net-zero higher education building in Oregon and the second in the United States.
- Awarded platinum level LEED-NC certification, (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design with a special focus on new construction.)
- The building systems consists of passive ventilation, radiant heating, natural daylight and solar energy, and incorporate a variety of green-building materials.
Newberg Center Learning Garden
Join us as we build a cob shed for the Newberg Center Learning Garden! This will be a community and volunteer based project guided by PCC staff, faculty, and students. If you have wanted to learn about construction and particularly building with natural materials we offer an inclusive and supportive place to gain new skills.
PCC Newberg Center’s Learning Garden will be hosting cob & community building events that offer an opportunity to get involved with the garden, meet your community, exchange knowledge, and develop hands-on experience in natural cob building. This is a great opportunity to build resumes, portfolios, and volunteer hours.
Please consider bringing friends and family and passing along the invitation to anyone who might be interested. There will be refreshments and kids are welcome, unless noted on the event. Please bring a water bottle and wear clothes that can get a little dirty, boots or shoes that can get muddy, and a rain jacket is great idea too.
Other events in the garden, include Weeding and Learning, Planting Parties, pollinator related activities, caring for the permaculture portion of the garden that features berries, fruit trees, and other edibles, and some Seed Exchanges.
Let’s share in the experience of continuing the creation of this beautiful community space and active learning lab, that will also be a food producing garden, provide wildlife and pollinator habitat, and serve as a tangible example of sustainable food systems. We look forward to seeing you there.
Please see the calendar below for specific event dates and times. If you would like more info or you’d like to confirm for the event please contact firstname.lastname@example.org [opens in new window]. Your help in spreading the word is appreciated.
Here is the initial plan created for the Learning Garden. It is the product of student research, staff and faculty design brainstorming, community input, and Seed Garden Designs. By getting involved with the Learning Garden, you can help grow community and share in the experience of continuing the creation of this beautiful communal space and active learning lab, that will also become a food producing garden, provide wildlife and pollinator habitat, and serve as a tangible example of sustainable food systems.